Date twinning arrangement established: 18 November 2006.
Tartus (طرطوس in Arabic) is a city in Syria and the capital of the province of the same name. The city was called Antaradus or Antartus in Latin and the Crusaders called it Tortosa. It is located 220 km northwest of Damascus and less than an hour’s drive south of Latakia. It is an important fishing port. Traces of the Templars remain, including the fortress, the walls and the Gothic cathedral, which has now been turned into a mosque.
The twinning agreement with the city of Tartus was born out of a desire to develop economic, social, cultural, commercial and touristic cooperation, and to promote friendly relations and strengthen mutual cooperation between the two towns in all areas, especially municipal work and exchange of experts.